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Old 06-18-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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Anyone running a radar detector

Have this same issue? Whenever I get out of my car and lock it, my radar remains on.. I know in my old truck, even though still plugged in, when I turned it off, it would cut power to the radar as well. Now with my mustang, I'm noticing it never turns off. This concerns me for a few reasons. That being that it may effect the battery life in the long run, and two, at night it's basically a magnet for thieves because the power light is always on. Of course I could just unplug it every time I leave the car, but then I feel I might eventually damage the port or an actual part of the adapter. I suppose I could just turn the radar off before I get out, but it's difficult to remember. Is there anyway to get everything to power off when I turn the car off? Thanks.

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I don't know why but the port stays on.

This is the very first car I have ever owned that the accessory plug on the dash will not disengage the power when the key is turned off. I have the same problem with my Garmin GPS. I don't know what Ford was thinking when the idiot designed this very important item. I can think of no apparent reason for this to stay active when the key is turned to "OFF"

I can turn off my GPS manually but when it is plugged in it goes automatically into Charge Mode. I'm lucky to have kept my old Garmin 350 with the quick release mounting bracket to easily remove it when I park my car.

Is there any way you can manually turn off your radar detector ?

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My escort has a power cord now (original cordless) and when I shut it off the power cord will still have power but it kills it to the radar. Cordless will shut off after 20 minutes.
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i tapped in to the fuse box on the passenger side and just tucked the wires along a pillar and above the windshield
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:05 AM   #6
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The power will remain in the cigarette plug after you turn off the car, at least for my '13. I'm not sure if it will turn off eventually or no. I wouldn't jeopardize the battery though.
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I have a Valentine one and their plug in adaptor was crap but they send u a harness to wire it directly into your fuse box, so thats what I did but I like the fact that it stays on even tho its is a pita to remember to shut it down

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